For the Board, for the Students

For the Board, for the Students

Another year of classes brings with it the seemingly endless studying, cups and cups of coffee and the ever-brilliant critiques, whether you love or loath it, each student slowly steps closer to that light at the end of the tunnel. I know you can endure, you know you can endure, yet we deserve that oasis along the endless trek towards our degree. NCECA is that oasis! Who would have thought that the cure from endless ceramics conversation would come from even more ceramics? Hair of the dog? Yes, please!

This upcoming year is the 52nd anniversary of NCECA.   Pittsburgh, PA will be providing a place for clay lovers, students, established artists, and friends alike to explore contemporary ceramics and the city that has welcomed us with open arms. This year also calls for passionate people to step to the plate and continue the rich development of NCECA.

When I first decided to take on the Student-Director-at-Large position I felt that I already had a very deep connection to NCECA, however, I had no idea how much more involved I could be with the organization. As a board member, I help oversee development and the growth of many of the amazing activities that the conference offers. There is a great feeling of accomplishment to knowing that I have a hand in developing the Student Interest Programming and being involved with the National Student Juried Exhibition. All the work it takes to be a board member is a labor of love, a permanent place in the history of the organization and knowing that I have helped to shape a great conference.

If you are community oriented, organized and passionate, we are seeking candidates for the two-year position of Student-Director-at-Large. The position can be approached by either nomination or application due by October 4th. Contact the Board Steward (aqnd a former student director-at-large himself), Steve Hilton, or the current Student directors Naomi Clement or Brandon Schnur for more information.

Thank you,

Brandon Schnur (Student-Director-at- Large 2017-2019)

NCECA Student Opportunities!

NCECA Student Opportunities!

With the start of school fast approaching (and already begun for some of you), we want to make sure that you know about all of the fantastic NCECA opportunities available for students working with ceramics in higher education. There are lots of ways to get involved, show your work, present your research, and even get funding for your project, so be sure to mark these important dates on your calendar.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Student Interests Program Proposals Due Sep. 25

Apply now to present at the 2018 NCECA conference in Pittsburgh! Student Interests programing addresses the concerns of students on a wide variety of related topics, and proposals can be for lectures, co-lectures or panel discussions. Accepted presenters are eligible to receive a complimentary 2018 conference pass provided they are or become NCECA members at the time of acceptance.

> Learn more on our website!


Student Show Application Deadline Sep. 27

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the 2018 National Student Juried Exhibition (NSJE), the premier showcase for rising talent in the ceramic arts. Jurors are Sam Harvey and Martina Lantin.

The 2018 NCECA NSJE is open to undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students enrolled in the United States of America. Students enrolled at institutions on which the jurors currently serve as faculty are not eligible to apply. The applicant must be working towards a degree or be a post-baccalaureate in art at the time of submittal. NCECA Membership is not a requirement of submission but members will receive a 50% discount on exhibition submission fee as well as a range of other benefits.

>> Apply Now

Fellowship Awards for Undergraduate & Graduate Students – Due Oct. 25

Project proposals are due Oct. 25 for both the Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship (up to 3 awards of $1,800 each are available) and the NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship (up to 3 awards of $2,000 each are available). Two letters of recommendation are required with each application; we strongly suggest that you submit your proposal in a timely fashion to provide enough time for recommenders to complete the Confidential Letter of Recommendation Upload form by the Oct. 25 deadline.

>> Learn more about the Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship

>> Learn more about the NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship


Serve on the NCECA Board – Applications Due Oct. 4

NCECA is presently seeking highly qualified candidates for the Student Director at Large position on its Board of Directors which will come open in Spring 2018. If you are a community oriented, service minded student, excited about shaping the future of our field, this position presents a great opportunity. Candidates must be 21 years old and be enrolled in a higher education program in ceramics for at least one semester of the two-year board term.

>> Learn more on our website!

If you have any questions about these opportunities, or student concerns in general, please reach out to one of our great Student Directors at Large:

Naomi Clement                                           Brandon Schnur                     

Students: Your Voice, Your Chance.

Students: Your Voice, Your Chance.

Quest for Clay: The Importance of Travel, 2017 NCECA, Portland, Oregon

Even as the pressures of the semester are winding down for most students and everyone gearing up for summer activities, I want to make sure that everyone is still keeping NCECA on their minds. Now is the time for thinking about how you want to shape your future and your ideas, NCECA wants to give you the opportunity to focus these ideas and share your thoughts and energy with everyone. As a community run organization, everyone is welcome to help form our content, and students play just as vital of a role as anyone else. Not quite sure exactly what Student Interests content is? Mary Cloonan, NCECA’s Programs Director, explains it in her “Apply Yourself!” post (Read the full article here): Apply Yourself!

As a graduate student I have had a lot of life experiences, both good and bad, and feel like I have a story to tell. I was in China when I when I applied for my first NCECA lecture, as I realized how important travel and studying abroad was for my art practice and myself. Why would I not want to share my experiences and my collection of ideas if I thought it could help other, or inspire new ideas?

This is the best opportunity for students to share themselves in a meaningful way, and all too often students don’t take advantage of this wonderful chance. Do you have a project, collaboration, or just an experience you want to share? Who better to tell the stories you want to hear at NCECA than you? The application deadline for Student Perspective program proposals is September 6th, 2017 for the 52nd Annual Conference CrossCurrents: Clay and Culture in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Link to application:) Student Interests Programming Proposals.
Mark your calendars and I hope to hear your story in Pittsburgh.

-If you have any questions or concerns you can email either NCECA Student Director at Large, Naomi Clements or Myself:
-Brandon Schnur
Graduate Student, West Virginia University
Student Director at Large 2017- 2019

Quest for Clay: The Importance of Travel, 2017 NCECA, Portland, Oregon

Student Critiques – Sign Up Now!

Student Critiques – Sign Up Now!

Student Crit Room

Click the image above to sign-up now!

I hope you are just as excited as I am about this year’s conference in Portland! I’m not sure what I’m looking forward to most – the great conference programing, all the amazing exhibitions, seeing old friends, or the chance to visit Portland itself!

I am however, especially excited about the opportunity for students to critique with professional artists and educators from around the country.  The Student Critique Room gives students at all levels an opportunity to discuss images of their work, gain a new perspective, and prepare for graduate school, job applications, gallery representation and more.

Student Critiques will be held Thursday March 23, & Friday March 24, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm in room in room C124 (Level 1) of the Portland Conference Center. Critiques will be 25 minutes long, with a 5-minute break between each session.

The sign-up form is now live and can be found HERE. Sign-up is on a first come/first served basis, so we encourage you to sign up now! This year we are also introducing drop-in slots, which will be available on a first come, first served basis each day.

IMG_7387-this one-blog-smallPlease come to the conference with your images already prepared and saved to a flash drive.  All critiques will be of digital images; please do not bring actual artwork. Laptops will be provided, but NCECA does not provide Internet access in the Student Critique Room.

If you have any questions about the Student Critique Room, please contact:

NCECA Student Directors-at-Large

Naomi Clement,
Shalya Marsh,

NCECA E-Voting: Easy as pie

NCECA E-Voting: Easy as pie

Not only is our upcoming conference upon us, we find ourselves in need of new Board members for the 2017-2020 term. So, it is election time again for NCECA, and we hope all of our members will participate by casting their vote to help us fill our soon-to-be vacant Board positions for a Director at Large and a Student Director at Large.

It is now our fourth year with electronic voting, so hopefully we all feel comfortable now with this method. Voter numbers skyrocketed last year, so we are confident that this is best way to allow all our members a chance to vote easily and safely for the candidates of their choice.

All NCECA members should be on the lookout for our ballot email, sent on March 3, 2017 from NCECA via SurveyMonkey. This email will contain a personalized link to your ballot. Click on the link that says “Vote Now” to cast your vote. It is that easy. No need to remember tricky passwords, or to search for specific websites. Just click the link, select your candidates, and submit your vote. Easy as pie (which we definitely approve of as your reward for voting!).

Before you vote, please click here to learn more about each candidate and to watch their short online campaign videos.

One of the strengths of the NCECA Board is that, with our staggered terms, the Board is always changing. If helping govern NCECA, planning conferences, and working to shape the future of our field sounds interesting to you, we would love to have you as part of our team. Stop by the NCECA table at the conference, and introduce yourself to a current board member. We would love to meet you, and get you more involved in NCECA. (Click here to see who is currently serving, and please do say hello:

2017 voting requirements nitty-gritty

Here is what you need to know…

  • This year, NCECA is holding elections to fill two positions on its Board of Directors: Director at Large (DAL) and Student Director at Large (SDAL). To learn more about the DAL and SDAL positions, to watch brief candidate videos, see headshots, and to read our candidates bios, click here:
  • The NCECA board, under advisement by the nominations committee, has approved two nominees for Director at Large. Candidates for Student Director at Large are not subject to board ratification, but must meet the requirements for student status.
  • Only current NCECA members can vote. Please verify your membership status before you make an effort to vote for 2017 candidates. NCECA memberships expire one year from the date on which they were purchased or last renewed. The primary contact of Business, Institutional and Gallery memberships will be the individual who is eligible to cast a vote on behalf of their entities.
  • Remember, membership is separate from conference fees, and only current members will have access to an e-ballot. (Click here to become a member today:
  • Elections will open March 3, 2017 and will be conducted via SurveyMonkey. All current members prior to March 1, 2017 will receive an evite to vote.
  • Please watch your email for our SurveyMonkey link to vote. If you are a member, and do not receive an email link, or have any questions about this election, contact or to receive your evite to vote.
  • All votes must be cast via SurveyMonkey no later than 4pm, Friday, March 24, 2017. If you become an NCECA member while at conference, please see Candice at registration to get set up for voting at that time.
  • Election winners will be announced at the close of the second members’ business meeting on the final day of the Portland conference, Saturday, March 25, 2017.
  • Please note that the deadline for all self- and peer-nominations for board positions has passed. Nominations will no longer be accepted from the floor during the conference at the first members’ business meeting at the annual conference. If you missed the deadline this year, please consider running for a board position in 2018. We would love to have you join our team!


Calling All Professors and Ceramic Professionals!

Calling All Professors and Ceramic Professionals!

Mentors Needed For Student Critique Room!

NCECA is currently recruiting mentors for our Student Critique room at the Portland conference.

How it works: Mentors volunteer for one or more 30 minute time slots, when they will be available to meet one-on-one with students to give them a critique of their work. Students come prepared with digital images of their work for the critique. Students and mentors then have 30 minutes to discuss the work, and other professional concerns/questions the student may have.

Signing up to be a mentor is easy – visit this website for more information.

Who can sign up: Maybe you are a ceramics professor at a post-secondary institution, maybe you teach community classes, are a studio potter, installation artist, arts professional, or gallery owner… The main requirement is that you are eager to give back to the next generation of makers.

Why should you sign up: Because you will change a student’s life. No, this isn’t hyperbole – you really will. The student critiques are a big highlight of the conference for many students. In fact, we’ve already been getting lots of emails from eager students hoping to sign up.

When: The student critique room will be open Thursday and Friday March 23 & 24, 2017 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm in room in room C124 of the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

Sign up now: It is easy to sign up, Click Here for more information and to see a list of time slots available.

If you are interested in participating, but have questions, please contact NCECA Student Director at Large Naomi Clement at